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Written Response

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Kathleen Lambe

on 26 March 2014

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Transcript of Written Response

Developing Written Response Assessments
1. Develop the items.

2. Prepare the scoring guide.

3. Critique the overall assessment
for quality.
When do we use written response assessment?
What is the learning target?
Written response is a strong match for knowledge targets and reasoning target
Show students' ability to infer, analyze, compare, determine cause and effect, and evaluate information
Written Response Assessment
* Short answer
* Essay
* Constructed response
Options for Item Design

* Requires a brief response
* Have one or a limited range of right answers
* Can be used for knowledge and some reasoning
* Can measure both convergent and divergent
Short Answer
Extended Written Response (Essay)
Essay Examples:
Written Response Assessment
EQ: When do we use written response assessments? How do we construct written response assessments?

* Require a response that is at least several
sentences in length
* Have a greater number of possible correct or
acceptable answers
* Can be used for knowledge and reasoning targets
* Can require higher order thinking skills
(Think Bloom!)

* Can be either short answer or extended responses
* Knowledge provided; students demonstrate
* Allows you to asses mastery of the reasoning
target without the prerequisite of content
1. Short Answer
2. Extended Response (Essay)
3. Interpretative Items
* What is the product of 9 x 7?
* If a pizzas cost $6.25 each, how much would six
pizzas cost? Show all your work.
* List three similarities and three differences
between a cat and a rabbit.
* How were Maniac McGee's parents killed?
* What was Charlotte's purpose in writing "web
* Divide a dollar bill into pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. Be sure to use each of the coins and explain how your combination equals one dollar.

* After reading the story "Eleven," explain how the author uses word choice to show the point of view of the young speaker. Choose at least three examples. Make sure you explain what the young speaker's perspective is and how each example shows that.
Interpretative Items
Example - how to summarize
We have been learning how to write a summary - a brief statement that summarizes main ideas. A
After reading "The Raven" write a paragraph that summarized the main ideas.
In your paragraph be sure to meet the requirements of the attached rubric.
4 - YES!
3- Yes, but...
2 - No, but...
1 - NO!
0 - not scorable
Scoring guides and rubrics
Scoring Guides
Let's look at some examples of short answer and essay questions and how they are scored...
* Nevada example
Good for evaluating reasoning
Good for calling
out content
knowledge that must
be present
in a correct response
* Assess students' organizational, creative, and writing skills

* Assess ability to build a case and make a point

* Assess capacity to evaluate
"Grade papers item-by-item, not paper-by-paper."

Turn to your neighbor.....
Given what we learned about written response assessments, how are these assessments best used in classrooms and what do you need to keep in mind when constructing them?
Answer the following essay question...
This is also your EXIT Ticket.
Up next...
Rubrics: When?
Why? How?
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